Jeff Williams, the first NASA Astronaut to have completed three separate increments in their rotating laboratory, returns to Earth today after spending 172 days at the International Space Station.
Jeff Williams together with comrade Kate Rubins, has finally completed the Expedition 48 upon extracting thermal radiators and installing high definition cameras last Tuesday, August 30th, in the NASA space laboratory.
Williams with Vehicle Commander, Aleksey Ovchinin and Flight Engineer, Oleg Skripochka are anticipated to land aboard the Soyuz TMA 20M on Tuesday, September 6th, at around 5:51 PM EDT.
According to NASA, Williams started as a test pilot before he became an official astronaut in 1996. His first spaceflight happened in 2000 as the 3rd shuttle flight planned for the NASA station construction. Currently, Williams has set a new record of most days in space with 534 days since May 2000.
However, NASA expects his record to be short lived. Another Astronaut, Peggy Whitson, will be making her third stint to space in November and is presumed to finish her mission with around 555 to 560 days.
You can watch it live on NASA’s UStream channel starting at around 2:15pm EST:
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